Sam Stanton was given a rest, says Hibs boss Stubbs

Sam Stanton. Pic: Ian Rutherford

Sam Stanton. Pic: Ian Rutherford

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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today explained that he left Sam Stanton out of the squad for the League Cup win over Ross County in order to let the midfielder recharge his batteries.

Until Tuesday’s trip to Dingwall, the 20-year-old had played a part in every single competitive Hibs match since he made his first start for the club against Celtic in January.

However, after toiling so far this season to replicate the impressive form he showed when he first started to establish himself in the team under Terry Butcher, Stubbs opted to give the youngster a break.

“We just decided to give Sammy a rest,” said the head coach. “He’s had a lot of games recently but he’s still a young lad. It’s a long season so we’ve got to look after the players.”

Meanwhile, Hibs signing target Leigh Griffiths endured further frustration at Celtic last night when he remained an unused substitute in their 3-0 League Cup win over Hearts.

The striker, who is subject of an approach from the Easter Road club to take him on a 93-day emergency loan, has now played no part in Celtic’s last four matches. Hibs are still waiting to learn if the Parkhead club will allow the 24-year-old to rejoin them.